Ironically, many YouTubers who opted for “copyright free” music to avoid YouTube copyright issues, end up with copyright claims and third-party ads showing in their videos.
If you are a media producer or any kind, you may have heard this term: Royalty Free Music. But you may also be unfamiliar with what exactly royalty free music means or how it can help your workflow.
Marketing & Branding Expert
The topic, the content, the script, the storyboard, the characters – everything work in perfect harmony to embellish the video. But by now, I hope you are already aware that a video is inadequate without legit background music. Royalty free music sites can be of great help, without you costing an arm and a leg.
Music Producer & Sound Engineer
Just because 'free' is in the name doesn't mean royalty free music is actually free to use. Individual musicians or companies that distribute royalty-free music will make sure that every music track you download for “free” is registered with YouTube content ID so it would be “digitally tracked” in order to gain ad revenue on your content.
It is not uncommon for some recording artists to allow their music to be completely free to people that are not using it commercially, and then to ask for a single upfront fee to get a royalty-free license that allows commercial use. If you’re making money, they want to make some money. Really, that’s only fair. But again, the terms of the use license are the deciding factor here, not how much you paid.
Digital Marketing Expert
Finding a great tune for your next video might be a real challenge. If you manage to find the right music, it can enhance your video message like nothing else. If you take a look at YouTube, almost all videos have music. Every day, it’s becoming a real challenge for video makers to find the best royalty-free music, especially if they are on a shoestring budget.
A&R Marketing Music Licensing
Not all royalty free music is “free”. You can always find free music that’s also RF, but the question is, who owns that music? If you didn’t purchase it, you don’t own it. This means that the terms can be changed and it’s basically use at your own risk. Not good for companies or professionals, especially when you know it’s being tracked by streaming technology.
Finding free, legal music for your online videos can be difficult. As an online video creator you want the perfect soundtrack for your video masterpieces, but you also want to make sure that you don’t break any copyright laws. After all, there’s nothing more frustrating then working hard on a video only to have YouTube take it down because of a music copyright violation.
Copyright trolling is becoming a major league sport on YouTube. I had one such outfit file a claim with a YouTube video I’d posted. I used stock music from [...]. YouTube asked for my response. I told them the challenger was a troll, and to use Google to look them up. About one week later, the claim was dismissed.
I have had this happen twice [infringement claim], but both times resolved in my favour. I use music from [...] and they will challenge any copyright claims against their music for you. I also contest the claim to help matters along.